Evolution Of The Audi Q5 | Year By Year Updates

 

The Q5 has been by far the most popular and best selling Audi model to ever be produced by the German manufacturer.

Since its initial creation over a decade ago, the Q5 has continued to make revolutionary updates and strides in progress which has led to increasing success every single year.

Read along with us to find out about the evolution of the Q5 with its many updates as we go over the history of yearly model updates, pictures of each model, and sales figures showing continued success.


2009

 3.2T Premium
MSRP
$37,200
 Horse Power
 270
 MPG (city/hwy)
 18/23
 

13,790 Q5s Sold

After being unveiled months prior at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show, the Q5 was finally introduced to the US as a 2009 model in the first quarter of the year.

Designed as a smaller version of the Q7, Audi's first SUV model introduced in 2006, the Q5 appealed to US car buyers who wanted a crossover vehicle with the fuel-economy of a sedan and the power of a SUV.

 

2010 
 3.2T Premium
MSRP
 $37,350
 Horse Power
 270
 MPG (city/hwy)
 18/23
23,518 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2010:
With the successful introduction of the 2009 Q5, the following model in 2010 came with only the addition of certain features rather than many technical upgrades.

While the drive train and exterior stayed the same and offered identical performance to the previous year, additional wood inlay trim options were made available along with the introduction of an upgraded tire pressure surveillance system.


2011 
 2.0T Premium
3.0L Premium Plus
 MSRP$32,500
$42,500
 Horse Power
 211270
 MPG (city/hwy)
 20/27 18/23
24,908 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2011:
2011 was the first year that Audi made major changes to the Q5 with the introduction of a new turbocharged 2-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission for the base model as well as two possible model upgrades to the original 3.2L v6 engine.

This led to a more affordable Q5 with a much higher fuel-economy, so that it was an excellent, practical choice for many more consumers.


2012
 2.0T Premium
3.0L Premium Plus
MSRP
$35,600
$43,000
 Horse Power
211
270
 MPG (city/hwy)
 20/27 18/23
28,671 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2012:
Aside from a new S-line package whice includes 20-inch wheels, matte black roof rails, and rear-window sun shades, the 2012 Q5 remains mostly unchanged from the 2011 model.
It is still offered with the same two engine options, leaving performance the same.

2013
 2.0T Premium
3.0T Premium Plus
 2.0T HYBRID
MSRP
 $35,900$43,900
$50,900
 Horse Power
211
272
211
 MPG (city/hwy)
 20/2821/26
24/30
 
40,355 Q5s Sold

What's new in 2013:
2013 was a big year for Audi and their Q5 - which by now is their best selling model. Aesthetically, the exterior was upgraded slightly with a new, more angled front grille along with new head-lights. The interior was upgraded with more color and upholstery choices.

The main upgrades came under the hood, however. While the base model remained a 2.0L v4 engine, the next model up now comes with a 3.0L v6 engine, in addition to a third model which was Audi's FIRST hybrid powertrain, pairing a supercharged 3.0L v6 with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor.

This was a huge step in the Q5's history of becoming an industry leading *COMPACT/MID SIZED?* SUV that could combine great power with responsible fuel economy.


2014
  2.0T Premium
3.0T Premium Plus
3.0 TDI Premium Plus
2.0T HYBRID
 MSRP$37,300
$44,400
$46,500
$51,300
 Horse Power
 220272
240
211
 MPG (city/hwy)
20/28
18/26
24/31
24/30
42,420 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2014:
2014 was another big year for the Audi Q5, bringing the number of available models from 3 to 4 with the addition of the TDI clean diesel which has even more power with better fuel economy than any of the other available models at a cheaper price than the hybrid.

Additionally, performance wise, the base model 2.0T engine's power increased to 220 horsepower.

For features, all models now come standard with bluetooth and iPod connectivity as well as built in garage door openers. Every model except for the base 2.0T model from this year on comes keyless entry and ignition.



2015
  2.0T Premium
3.0T Premium Plus
3.0 TDI Premium Plus
2.0T HYBRID
 MSRP$39,300
$45,400
$47,500
$51,900
 Horse Power
220
272
240
211
 MPG (city/hwy)
20/28
18/26
24/31
24/30
52,005 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2015:
Audi brought various package and technological upgrades to the Q5 in 2015, adding plenty of useful features. Now standard with each model comes with a power tailgate and xenon lights.

Additionally, a new technology package on Premium Plus models was introduced blind-spot assist and navigation - making driving a bit easier for owners.

Other various package adjustments were made as well.


2016
 2.0T Premium
3.0T Premium Plus
 3.0 TDI Premium Plus
2.0T HYBRID
 MSRP$40,900
$46,000
$48,100
$52,500
 Horse Power
220
272
240
211
 MPG (city/hwy)
20/28
18/26
23/30
24/30
49,550 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2016:
While 2016 was not a revolutionary year for the Audi Q5, it did bring along some noteworthy additions and changes.

The two most noteworthy being the panoramic sunroof being made standard on Premium models, and the Bang and Olufsen sound system being added into the Technology package.

The Bang & Olufsen sound system was absolutely revolutionary to the automotive industry and to this day remains a staple of every luxury Audi model.



2017
 2.0T Premium
    3.0T Premium Plus
MSRP
$40,900
$46,400
 Horse Power
 220272
 MPG (city/hwy)
20/27
18/26
57,640 Q5s Sold
What's new in 2017:
The most notable difference with the Q5 in 2017 was that the number of models dropped from 4 to 2 with the elimination of the diesel and hybrid versions of the vehicle.

The other changes that come with the 2017 models is minor, however. Prestige models get a new multifunction steering wheel wuth shift paddles, and Premium Plus models came standard with 19-inch wheels and all-season durable tires.


2018
 2.0T Premium
2.0T Tech Premium
 MSRP $41,500$44,100
 Horse Power
 252252
 MPG (city/hwy)
23/27
23/27

69,978 Q5s Sold 

What's new in 2018:
2018 was by far the most revolutionary year for the Audi Q5, with Audi bringing a total redesign inside and out.

Right off the bat, the body and frame of the Q5 is noticeably larger - in length, width, and height. This of course increases interior space as well. The 2018 Q5's new aggressive design makes it stand out as a very modern, high quality SUV. The front grille has also gotten a redesign which we love.

An upgraded 2.0T engine paired with a 7-speed double clutch transmission improves performance in both power and fuel consumption.

Additionally, the Q5 received major technological improvements including an updated MMI infotainment system, the addition of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, Audi Pre Sense City becoming standard, plus many more driver assistance features.


2019
 2.0T Premium
 MSRP $42,950
 Horse Power
 248
 MPG (city/hwy)
 22/27
On Track To Beat 2018's Sales
What's new in 2019:
With last years massive updates to nearly every aspect of the Q5, the new differences in the 2019 model is less radical and focused more on package upgrades - making them more inclusive and attractive than ever before.

The base Premium trim now comes standard with heated front seats, roof crossbars, and the Audi Connect Care support.

Premium Plus now comes standard with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, Audi MMI Navigation Plus, wireless charging, and a signal booster in addition to the Premium features.

The Prestige trim now has all of these features plus autonomous self-parking ability.

Finally, the Convenience package is now safer than ever with the addition of Audi Side Assist and rear collision mitigation.